Thursday, December 20, 2007

Names in the News

If you haven’t already recycled Wednesday’s Courier News, take a look at the Community section and read Millicent Brody’s review of the Stonehouse Restaurant in Warren. The makeover of the former Chanticler Chateau was done by Frank Cretella, who is also the head of Landmark Developers, the group that has an agreement with the City of Plainfield and the Union County Improvement Authority to redevelop the blocks around the main train station on North Avenue.

Frank and Jeanne Cretella own Liberty House in Liberty State Park and have been involved with numerous other restaurants including The Boathouse in Central Park.

There is no link that I could find to Brody’s article, but the Star-Ledger also published a review (click here).

Not much work is evident yet on North Avenue. The proposed redevelopment area expansion is being challenged by merchants who oppose the proposed siting of a multi-story parking garage on a parking lot that currently serves stores on the block bounded by East Front Street, Park Avenue, Watchung Avenue and East Second Street. Landmark proposes condo development along with an entertainment center across from the train station.

In other news, former Plainfielder Chris Onieal, owner of Oniel’s bar in Hoboken, appeared in the Courier Sunday in an article on a new directive from Attorney General Anne Milgram. Milgram wants police to ask drunk drivers where they last imbibed. Oniel’s bar was sued for serving a man who had an accident and was deemed intoxicated, but the suit was dismissed after the bar’s security camera showed the man leaving the bar hours before the 3 a.m. accident, according to the Associated Press article by David Porter. Whatever the topic, it was nice to see a photo of Chris, who was quite involved in city matters before moving to Harding Township in 2006. Mark O’Donnell, the partner of former Gov. James E. McGreevey, bought Onieal’s former Prospect Avenue home. Click here for Plaintalker article.

--Bernice Paglia


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